The number of electric vehicles on the streets could triple in two years

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The electric vehicle (EV) industry hit a new record last year: more than one million EVs were sold, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). There are now over three million electric cars on roads worldwide. Bloomberg reported electric cars traveling the streets could triple in just two years.

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Breakthrough polymer could lead to ‘infinitely’ recyclable plastics

Even though we’re aware of the environmentally damaging effects of plastic, many people still use the material because it’s long-lasting, convenient, and inexpensive. Colorado State University scientists just made a breakthrough that could allow materials to possess those qualities but be completely recyclable. They discovered a new polymer that can be infinitely recycled without intensive procedures in a laboratory or using toxic chemicals.

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Vegetarian diets could help avert one-third of early deaths, new research finds

Plant-based diets might be more beneficial than we thought. New calculations from Harvard University scientists revealed one third of early deaths might be avoided if people started eating vegetarian diets.

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The first salty lakes discovered in the Arctic could hold the key to finding alien life

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Elon Musk warns AI could become an immortal’ digital dictator

As if the world didn’t have enough analog dictators to worry about, Elon Musk now warns that perhaps a future authoritarian leader will go digital. Musk has previously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence, particularly if control of it is concentrated the hands of a power-hungry global elite. ”The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first space hotel could launch by 2022

We’ve all heard of the companies promising to launch humans on trips to space, but have you thought about where you will stay once you get there? Startup Orion Span thinks they have the answer, because the company hopes to launch a luxury space hotel into orbit in the next few years. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, start saving your pennies – a 12-night stay will set you back a mere $9.5 million PER PERSON. But don’t worry, the price includes transportation, food and drinks,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China’s new rain-making system could increase rainfall by billions of cubic feet

China needs water — and their answer to the issue is a massive weather modification system. South China Morning Post reported the country is testing technology that could bring more rain to the Tibetan plateau — increasing rainfall by as much as 10 billion cubic meters every year. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New technology could slow down biological time to save injured soldiers’ lives

Sometimes the difference between life and death is a matter of time. For injured soldiers on the field, the minutes between when a medic can treat them can make all the difference. That’s why DARPA is looking into ways to slow biological time in order to give medics the time they need to help.

 

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How farming with rocks could improve global food security

Scientists at the University of Shefield have learned that farming with crushed silicate rocks mixed into the soil could improve global food security, increase crop yields, promote soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Human societies have long known that volcanic plains are fertile, ideal places for growing crops without adverse human health effects,” study lead author David Beerling told Phys.org, “but until now there has been little consideration for how adding further rocks to soils… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This incredible geodesic dome home could be yours for $475k

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